To Be Published October 14th 2013 by Routledge – 224 pages
Series: New Problems of Philosophy
The use of images, diagrams and pictures – and the related problem of how one thing may represent another – is one of the central problems in philosophy. This is the first book to connect the problem of representational artifacts to philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and aesthetics. Can images be a source of knowledge? Are images merely conventional signs, like words? What is the relationship between the observer and the observed? In this clear and stimulating introduction to the problem John Kulvicki explores these questions and more. He discusses:
In so doing he assesses central problems in the philosophy of images, such as how objects we make come to represent other things, and how we distinguish one kind of representation—pictures, diagrams, sentences, signs—from another. Essential reading for students and professional philosophers alike, the book also contains chapter summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary.
Introduction: Pictorial Platitudes 1. Gombrich and the Beholder’s Share 2. Experience 3. Recognition 4. Resemblance 5. Pretense 6. Structure 7. Realism and Unrealism 8. Scientific Images 9. Images in Mind 10. Photography and Object Perception. Index
John V. Kulvicki is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth University, USA. He is the author of On Images: Their Structure and Content (2006).